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India vs West Indies, 2nd Test Day 2: Ishant Stars But Rain Plays Spoilsport At Kensington Oval

By on June 30, 2011

West Indies 98 for 5 (Ishant 3-31) trail India 201 by 103 runs…

Ishant Sharma took two wickets in four deliveries to peg West Indies back, but it was the weather that had the major impact on the second day’s play in the second Test between India and West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Barbados on Wednesday. The rain-hit day saw three stoppages and only 25.3 overs – less than a session – could be bowled before bad light following persistent showers had the final say.

The start of the day’s play was delayed by 45 minutes because of morning showers and the rain then delayed and interrupted the post-lunch session when West Indies was 98 for five in 37.3 overs with Shivnarine Chanderpaul not out on 20 and Marlon Samuels 21 not out. The two senior batsmen have so far added 41 runs for the sixth wicket and the hosts, who trail 0-1 in the three-Test series would want them to be in the middle for a lot longer when play resumes on the third day as they still trail India by 103 runs.

Ramnaresh Sarwan and night watchman Devendra Bishoo resumed the second day on West Indies’ overnight score of 30 for three in reply to India’s 201 in their first innings. Praveen Kumar beat Sarwan twice in the first over of the day as the Indian bowler made optimum use of the conditions and swung the ball both ways. At the other end, Ishant made use of his height as he generated extra bounce from the pitch to ask questions galore of the Windies batsmen. Sarwan was lucky that his attempted cut shot off the last ball of the second over of the day bowled by Ishant flew over Suresh Raina’s head at third slip. It was then Bishoo’s turn to get some luck coming his way as a shot off Ishant flew to the left of Murali Vijay at gully and Virat Kohli at third slip, but neither fielder made any attempt to catch it as the ball raced to the fence.

Praveen was unlucky not to be rewarded for some beautiful swing bowling but India only had to wait until the sixth over of the day bowled by Ishant to get among the wickets. India skipper MS Dhoni had crowded the cordon with six fielders and Bishoo, who made an enterprising 18-ball 13 found one of those fielders in Kohli at second gully before Ishant struck again in the same over when he trapped Sarwan (18) plumb in front as West Indies slipped to 57 for 5. Praveen and Ishant (3-31) then continued to test Chanderpaul and Samuels with swing and length bowling respectively. Samuels especially found Praveen more than a handful and survived a huge LBW appeal from the bowler before he finally managed to get off the mark of the 14th ball he faced. He then hit a boundary each off Praveen and Harbhajan Singh as West Indies went into lunch at 82 for 5.

Only 51 deliveries could be bowled between lunch and tea and while West Indies only scored 16 runs in the second session, Chanderpaul and Samuels ensured they kept their wickets intact and didn’t expose the team’s brittle late order as they survived the probing spells of Praveen, Ishant and to a lesser extent Abhimanyu Mithun. Praveen continued to bowl well without any rewards, but a moment of excitement came when Mithun thought he had trapped Chanderpaul in front but not only had the batsman got an inside edge but replays also indicated the southpaw was struck outside the off stump.

India was bowled out for 201 thanks to VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina’s 117-run partnership for the fifth wicket after the tourists were 38 for 4 at one stage on the first day of the match. Laxman (85) was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved century but during the course of his innings he became only the fourth Indian batsman to score 8,000 Test runs. Raina, who made 53, scored his second half-century of the series. Ravi Rampaul, Bishoo and Fidel Edwards took three wickets each with skipper Darren Sammy getting the important wicket of Rahul Dravid.

Meanwhile, agencies report Australian umpire Daryl Harper has withdrawn from the third Test match starting at Roseau on July 6 and will be replaced by England’s Richard Kettleborough. The third Test between India and West Indies would have been Harper’s final match as an umpire of the Emirates Elite Panel. Harper was criticised by the Indian team for his errors that led to the dismissals of Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh and skipper MS Dhoni and three decisions that favoured West Indies – Darren Bravo (twice) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul – in the first Test at Jamaica, which India won by 63 runs. Harper had also banned Praveen from bowling for treading on to the ‘danger area’ of the pitch in his follow-through in West Indies’ first innings in that match. Expressing regret over Harper’s decision to withdraw, ICC general manager (Cricket) David Richardson said the criticism from the Indian team was “unfair”.

Source: Akshay Iyer, Yahoo! Cricket

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